About the Coven

The Coven of the Black Vulture officially hatched on August 8, 2009 at our annual retreat. It is led by Rath, and is based out of Alexandria, Virginia. The coven’s work is influenced by heathenry, the martial arts, ceremonial magick, various healing traditions, and non-Gardnerian witchcraft. We exist for the ongoing spiritual and magickal development of our members. Membership is open by invitation. 


About Rath

Rath has been called a witch by witches, a heathen by heathens, a druid by druids. He initially came to the Church after 16 years of both solitary and varying levels of coven practice. He was Dedicated to the Coven of the Albino Bat in the Winter of 2005. He received his Third Degree in the Spring of 2008 and was ordained at Lammas 2011.

 He has led public rituals for the Fertile Ground Gathering, Moonfire CUUPS, and Open Sabbat celebrations at Sacred Circle Bookshop.

He has taught publicly throughout the greater Northern Virginia community from 2008 onwards. Shenandoah Midsummer, Fertile Ground Gathering, the Firefly Housewarming, Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, Moonfire CUUPS group, Sacred Circle Bookshop, Northern Virginia Pagan Moot, Hallowed Homecoming Samhain Retreat, and Frederick Pagan Pride Day.